Adding a nice touch to his speech during the various cattle calls this Father’s Day weekend, Herman Cain spoke movingly about his father, who he said had a “Ph.D in common sense.” He mentioned this in order to buttress his claim that one doesn’t need to be an expert on paper in foreign affairs to differentiate between friends and enemies or be a career politician to effectively govern.
Cain’s past backs up what he implies.
After he was handed over businesses that many thought had no chance of being turned around, Cain made them profitable.
Cain said he achieved his “American dreams and beyond” by believing in three principles that his father instilled in him, which was to believe in God, himself, and the greatest country in the world and to never see himself as a victim.
On the stage, Cain just looks like he’s having fun. Speaking and campaigning do not seem like chores to him. And that’s half the batter.
“I have two dreams,” Herman Cain said at the Republican Leadership Conference.
He said his first dream is that “conservatives are going to take back the House and Senate” and the second dream is that “you are looking at the President of the United States of America.”
He gleefully jabbed at his detractors within the Republican establishment.
He said Bill O’Reilly claimed he didn’t have a chance.
He said Karl Rove didn’t take his candidacy seriously.
He said Charles Krauthammer dissappointed him.
And then, to enthusiastic applause, Cain said “I didn’t get the memo I wasn’t supposed to run.”
He spoke of the moral, economic, entitlement, immigration, foggy foreign affairs, and deficiency of leadership crisises felt America was in.
To the establishment doubters, Cain said “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, we didn’t even have a spoon.”
He playfully interacted with his audience, saying how a host of things would be better “when we put the right person in the White House — moi … you catch that ‘moi?’ …we’re near the French Quarter.”
He blasted President Obama for propping up Brazil’s energy economy at the expense of America’s and said he would fight so the United States didn’t become the United States of Europe.
To date, Cain has hit all the right notes that puts him in sync with the anti-establishment fervor and mood of this election cycle.
It is why many who first hear him speak want to know more about him and why his positive intensity scores, measured by organizations such as Gallup, have consistently led the pack of other candidates.
As he becomes more of a household name, Cain will have to be more polished on the policy front. On whether he would feel comfortable with Muslims working in his administration, for instance, it may suit him to come up with a polished answer and repeat from here to the primaries.
At this stage in the process, though, few are paying attention to either the policy or politics.
What matters is leaving a general good impression on voters and allowing them to give you serious consideration.
That’s exactly what Cain has consistently been doing.